Mourinho: Squad is 90 per cent formed
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is happy with the way his squad is shaping up but believes they still need to bring in another striker. Madrid have already added Fabio Coentrao, Nuri Sahin, Hamit Altintop, Jose Maria Callejon and Raphael Varane to the squad that last season won the Copa del Rey, finished runners-up in La Liga and reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League in Mourinho`s first campaign in charge.
However, that will not be the end of the summer transfer activity if Mourinho gets his way, with another forward at the top of the Portuguese's shopping list. Speaking to www.realmadrid.com, Mourinho, whose club have been linked with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Neymar and last season's loan signing Emmanuel Adebayor, said: "In my opinion, and everyone else's, we're missing another man, another striker."
Madrid currently have Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema as their senior centre-forwards, but Mourinho will be hoping to avoid a similar situation to last season when he was left with limited options up front after Higuain suffered a serious back injury. That led to Adebayor being signed on loan in January but the Togolese hitman has since returned to Manchester City, while still hoping to seal a permanent switch to the Bernabeu.
Aside from wanting another striker, Mourinho is pleased with the additions Madrid have made this summer, saying: "We're happy because we're building a team to last long-term. It`s a squad that has ten years ahead of it. Coentrao is 23, one less than Callejon. Sahin is younger still and Varane is a kid of 18. We never want to lose this dimension of building a team for years to come that has a lot of room to progress.
"We have signed players who we feel were important to complete a squad which was already very good." He added: "It's fantastic when by the middle of July more than 90 per cent of the team is formed, because it allows you to work in a different way. Potentially we have a squad that is very good. I'm delighted to work with them because they are highly motivated and they want to learn and they want to win. The coaching staff is delighted."